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06/05/07

Boy Collects Items for Firefighters in Ware County

Jaydon Hodges Jaydon Hodges

They are on the front lines everyday, and we have all seen the sacrifice firefighters are making in Ware County. After watching WTOC one little boy decided he wanted to do his part to help those firefighters still fighting these awful wildfires.

Nine year old Jaydon Hodges has tremendous respect for firefighters one day he hopes to be one.

But when he saw this video on WTOC it really made him think.

After seeing the images Jaydon decided he wanted to help. So he wrote a letter to people in Richmond Hill asking them to donate items for the firefighters for his birthday.

"I will turn nine on may 31st comma 2007 what I would like to do for my birthday is collect items for firefighters in ware county please help me help the brave men and women," said Hodges.

So for the past two weeks Jaydon has gone door to door in Richmond Hill collecting water, Gatorade, soap, and lots more. Today he dropped them all off so firefighters can take them down to Ware County.

"I wanted to help out and firefighters need the help," said Hodges.

"They are fighting a fire and there are so many people that need the help," said Hodges.

Savannah Fire Captain Thad Dixon says Jaydon is right, and even though it rained over the weekend it wasn't enough to put out the flames.

"The firefighters down there can use these supplies and for a young man especially that young to take it upon himself to get these items, it's incredible," said Dixon.

So incredible that Captain Dixon came down to the Savannah Fire Department on his day off just to meet Jaydon.

"it's amazing to hear about adults doing it but when a nine year old child does it, and it's overwhelming," said Dixon.

Jaydon says he wants to send a personal message to everyone who helped make his dream of collecting the items come true.

"I would like to say thank you and thank you for all the thing you did,' said Hodges.

Jaydon plans to continue collecting items, you can help out too.

Places to donate:

D and E Builders, Pooler

Mellow Mushroom, Savannah

Gerrald's Heating and Air, Richmond Hill

Coastal Car Center, Wilmington Island

Bloomingdale City Hall, Bloomingdale

For more information contact: 912-604-3447 Kyle Rausch, Tybee Fire Department

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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